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Benjamin Franklin’s Virtues, Freemasonry, and Judaism

Ezekiel Bates Lodge 71 North Main St., Attleboro, MA, United States

When he was in his twenties, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to help him with the challenging work of becoming virtuous. He also intended to form an international fraternity whose members would commit to using this method, and planned to write a book expounding on his "Art of Virtue." […]